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Ibrahimovic suspended from Arsenal clash


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Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) reacts during the UEFA Europa League football Fenerbahce SK vs Manchester United at the Fenerbahce Ulker Stadium on November 3, 2016 in Istanbul. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss his first league game of the season when Manchester United go head-to-head with Arsenal today.

The striker is suspended following his fifth caution of the season, which came against Swansea at the beginning of November.

Boss Jose Mourinho is free to return to the dugout having served a one-game touchline ban against Swansea after admitting using abusive words towards a match official at half-time in their 0-0 league draw with Burnley in October.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger, who is yet to record a win against a side managed by Mourinho in the Premier League, will make a late check on the fitness of Alexis SanchDespite carrying a hamstring injury, Sanchez scored twice in Chile’s 3-1 win over Uruguay in World Cup qualifying, playing 84 minutes on Tuesday.

He will no be assessed by Arsenal’s medical team before a decision is taken on whether he is fit to play against United.
Ahead of his side’s trip to Old Trafford.

Manchester United are expected to field Wayne Rooney, who this week apologised to Gareth Southgate and FA technical director Dan Ashworth over images emerged of him partying into the early hours over the weekend.

Rooney sat out England’s 2-2 draw with Spain on Tuesday with a minor knee injury and returned to United for treatment ahead of Saturday’s match.

Centre-backs Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling will miss Arsenal’s visit through injury whilst Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia face races to recover from their own fitness worries.

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